In her work for the show, painter Chris Graebner explores a new medium – oil paint mixed with cold wax. “I love the translucency this medium imparts and the ability to layer and to remove and reveal - and then layer some more,” Graebner says.
The gallery’s newest member, Pam Isner, creates complex mosaic pieces. “Since I work with glass,” she says, “light plays a primary role in what I do. Those of us who work with glass learn to use light as a creative partner, knowing that both reflection and refraction can serve to our advantage. Since light changes throughout the day, it continues to transform each piece, often revealing surprises.”
Painter Linda Carmel says of her piece: “My painting, Magical Moment, captures a sunbeam falling through the forest canopy, creating an enchanted spot ahead on the path. My intention is both physical and metaphorical. Each day, there are moments when we can choose to stop and take in the beauty around us. We can step forward into the light, a metaphor for the unknown; it is a painting about recognizing choices.”
Similarly, Ellie Reinhold’s piece, Ancestral Guide, is a metaphor about light as knowledge. “My piece is about shedding light on the connection between past family and the present generation. This piece is, in part, about the death of my father and, more recently, my uncle. When those close to us join the ranks of ancestors, it reminds us of our own mortality; it won't be long before I am an ancestor.”
Painter Kim Wheaton says she looks for everyday scenes where the light is fleeting – “where you may glance up and notice the particular way sunlight is hitting the stairs or a cabinet. You look away and back and the light has already changed. I also enjoy juxtaposing warm and cool colors to play up the contrast between warm sunny whites and cool blue shadows.”
Lynn Wartski, who creates sculptural figures in copper, has recycled a piece for Finding Light. “I originally created the female tree figure for collaboration with another artist, she says. “I transformed and repositioned her to be a forest tree basking in the sun.”
Lolette Guthrie, who paints both abstract and representational pieces, says her paintings are always about light and atmosphere. “For the Finding Light show,” she says, “I concentrated on moonlight. Moonlit I and Moonlit II are abstract explorations of ephemeral light.”
The opening of Finding Light will be held on Friday, January 27th from 6-9 p.m. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is located in the Mercantile Building at 121 North Churton Street, in Hillsborough, NC. For more information, visit the gallery Website at http://www.hillsboroughgallery.com.
About The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
An art gallery owned and operated by 22 local artists, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts represents established artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and fine craft. The gallery's offerings include painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber, jewelry, glass, metal, mosaics, encaustic, enamel, watercolor and wood.
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Artist owned. Featuring fine arts and crafts, including paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, turned wood, glass art, fiber arts, mosaics, handcrafted furniture and jewelry. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is located at 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough. Open 11-6 M-S, 1-4 Sun